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Giving cleanchit to Katheria for ‘hate speech’, Rajnath Singh says, India is the most secular country

Home Minister Rajnath Singh defended his colleague, junior education minister Ram Shanker Katheria, in the Rajya Sabha, virtually absolving him of the charge of making an allegedly inflammatory speech.

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While responding to a calling attention motion on alleged inflammatory speeches by union ministers and elected representatives in violation of the Constitution and oath of office, the Home Minister told the Rajya Sabha that India is the world’s most secular country.

“If there is any secular country in the world, it is India,” the home minister told the Rajya Sabha while responding to a calling attention motion on alleged inflammatory speeches by union ministers and elected representatives in violation of the Constitution and oath of office.

The minister also called upon all political parties to join hands in protecting India’s unity and integrity.

“A single political party cannot protect the country’s unity and integrity. We all will have to make collective efforts for that,” he added.

Rajnath Singh ruled out any action against union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Ram Shankar Katheria, who allegedly made a hate speech during a function in Agra.

“I heard Katheria’s speech and I made others hear it. We all agreed there is nothing inflammatory in the speech,” he said.

Rajnath Singh also said that communal harmony “should not be measured in terms of political gain or loss”.

“It should only be measured in terms of justice and humanity.”

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